It Happened in Key West

It Happened in Key West

3 (1) · Musicals

The romantic comedy musical is inspired by shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s.


After decades of searching for the dream girl of his boyhood visions, eccentric scientist Carl finally finds Elena, only to lose the young beauty to the fatal disease of tuberculosis. But for Carl, the eternal optimist, death is only the beginning. He steals Elena's body from the graveyard and takes her home, embarking on the most ambitious fixer upper project in history as he tries to bring his beloved back to life.

Outrageous, funny and deeply moving, this musical will make you re-examine what you believe about love, loyalty and commitment (either to a person or an asylum…)

Critic reviews

Engagingly strange new musical in which the many strengths are undone by a misjudged ending

The Stage

There are jaunty tunes and fine performances but this musical about mummification starts to decompose halfway through

The Guardian

In the programme, it's claimed that the show is the product of seven years of hard work - strange then, that director Marc Robin is so unclear about how he wants to tell this macabre but compelling story

Broadway World

Alexander Barria is in typically fine voice and contributes some nicely defined cameos and Alyssa Martyn sings with all the sweetness and gusto you could wish from a dead lover

London Box Office

Perhaps the best thing about It Happened in Key West is that it provides its own metaphor: obsessively patched up by people who should know better, this is a work that, if we’re being honest, is dead on arrival

Musical Theatre Review

This may not be right up there with the so-bad-it's-good musical disasters but it's not far off. It's amiable but inept, well-meaning but synthetic


A bizarre adaptation of a true story about stalking, illness, grave robbing, necrophilia and amateur mummification, done in the style of a light romantic musical. Utterly strange

Everything Theatre

A bizarre, true tale of body-snatching and undying love

Evening Standard

This Polished New Musical Will Put You At Ease... Before Freaking You Out


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 4 Jul - Sat 18 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
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